Saturday, November 15, 2008

Guess where? Guess what?

Now updated with answers :-)

Where was I last week?


Congratulations to those of you who guessed! Yes, I was in Athens. What you see in this photo is not the Parthenon, but a view of the Thisseion area from the Acropolis. From left to right you can see the Temple of Hephaestus, the Ancient Agora (or rather what's left of it - the pillars standing in a row) and the church of the Holy Apostles (Agii Apostoli). The expanse of cement in the background is the modern city of Athens.

And, most importantly, what did I do while I was there?


Oh yes, none of you guessed but I did go swimming. Twice. The weather was extremely mild for early November (24-25C during the day) and the water still warm from summer, and it was beautiful. When I booked my flights, the best I'd hoped for was T-shirt weather. Instead, what we got resembled late spring and we just couldn't resist taking advantage to lie in the sun and take a dip in the sea. Not just one dip either, we were in the water for over an hour on the first day and a good 40 minutes on the second day. The glorious weather didn't last, but it was still quite warm (well, compared to London) for the rest of our stay, never falling below 16C and not a drop of rain either.

The photo was taken in Glyfada, 30 mins drive from the centre of Athens, but in the end we swam a bit further down the coast (Vouliagmeni and Varkiza, for those in the know).

12 comments:

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

you were in greece, athens for sure, but where you were holidaying at the beach? crete???

GMG said...

I see that you were the only one on the beach in Greece (Vougliameni, just around the corner, since you were staying in Athens... ;)), and didn't dare to put your delicate feet into the cold water... ;))
Thanks for the info on The Runner; after you named it, I could found everything about it and updated the post. Thanks again...

Fifi Flowers said...

All I can say is GOOD FOR YOU! Wigglie your toes in the sand and have FUN... that's what vacations are all about!
ENJOY your weekend!
Fifi

Anonymous said...

xexexe -> Hellas -> Attiki -> notia... alla den ekanes mpanio!!! fora ta papoutsia sou tora...prosoxi sto nixi nixi!(poli oraio)nes

Ropi said...

Athens probably.

Karen said...

Mean. Just plain mean. I'm bundled up and getting ready to build a fire over here. The least you could have done is invite us along...

JM said...

Athens, I bet! What about the 2nd photo? Which greek island? :-)

Per Stromsjo said...

You were in Torquay to work on that tan before winter!

(Hang on, I've got my map upside down;)

Mandi said...

You were just pretending....bet they were just postcards....you just want to make us all envious....he he ...hope it waas great ...was there also in m youth...toodleooo

Ropi said...

Well I was quite good then. On the Acropolis there is no many plants and it is on higher elevation.

giannis k. said...

Hi Tinsie!
Nai, mexri kai prin apo poli liges meres, eixe poli kalo kairo edo stin Athina! Vevaia gia mpanaki den ksero an elege o kairos, alla gia ena kafedaki dipla stin ammoudia, elege..

Yes, until 20 December (over/under) weather here in Athens, was really very good..

Tinsie said...

Ma kala, mono edo pou eimai ego vrexei?!!! Grrrr.